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This is the last film ever banned in the Soviet Union -- even though no-one 
seems to agree if that's for obscene language, full frontal nudity, or invoking 
the wisdom of Mikhail Gorbachev inside a mental asylum. In the film itself,
no-one can agree on anything either: most arguments derail, and most characters 
oscillate between short outbursts of violence and a deep, inexplicable fatigue. 
Not even the film agrees with itself: it's one of the rare pieces of cinema 
that are radically formalist and radically burlesque at the same time, and 
while its structure -- the film-in-film, the twin characters, and several 
scences that are happening twice -- may appear vaguely Lynchian, there is no 
higher order or deeper mystery. When society falls apart, cinema must fall 
apart, and Kira Muratova's film marks exactly that moment. It has been hailed 
as "the most truthful cinematic reflection of life under perestroika", but
it's never allegorical, and we might just as well stress that it contains the 
most convincing cut to a dog shelter in the entire history of Russian cinema.


                                                            pirate cinema berlin
                                                                u kottbusser tor
                                                          sunday may 29, 8:30 pm

                                                           the asthenic syndrome
                                      kira muratova, 1990, 156 min, english subs

                                                                  12 seats, rsvp
                                                          first come first serve
                                                       location in separate mail



pirate cinema berlin

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